John Varley

View of Bodenham and the Malvern Hills, Herefordshire


In Tate Britain

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John Varley 1778–1842
Watercolour on paper
Support: 311 × 521 mm
Presented by the Art Fund (Herbert Powell Bequest) 1967

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Varley was of the same generation as Girtin and Turner, and shared their innovative approach to the techniques and subject matter of watercolour painting. Here, though, he seems to be looking back to the traditions of panoramic views of particular places, especially the work of Thomas Hearne. Varley would have seen Hearne’s watercolours in the collection of Dr Thomas Monro, a physician and art enthusiast who had an important role to play in encouraging experimentation among younger watercolour painters.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

John Varley 1778–1842

T01024 View of Bodenham and the Malvern Hills, Herefordshire 1801

Inscribed ‘J. Varley’ b.l.
Watercolour, 12¼ x 20½ (31 x 52).
Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund from the Herbert Powell Bequest 1967.
Coll:...; Herbert Powell, entrusted to the N.A.C.F. 1929.
Exh: Society of Painters in Water-Colour, 1805 (9, as ‘View near Bodenham, Herefordshire’); see also under Atkins T00964.

An old label on the back is inscribed, ‘View of Bodenham & the Malvern Hills Taken from the Grounds near Hampton County Herefordshire, by J. Varley 1801’.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1967–1968, London 1968.

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